A half-zythian bard named Vanx is in chains for bedding the Duchess of Highlake. The Duke wants him dead, but his wife secretly sends their daughter to buy his freedom from the slave markets. This is bad news, for bad things can happen to an ill-guarded caravan in the mountains. When the Duke's mercenaries attack to kill the adulterous prisoner all hell breaks loose. Now, the only way Vanx and the Princess of Highlake can escape the Duke and his men is to somehow make it through the Wildwood, a place that no one has ever returned from….
©2012 Michael Robb Mathias Jr. (P)2013 Michael Robb Mathias Jr.
No. The narrator has issues pronouncing simple words, like "liege," "cicada," and "Wyrm." It's like the narrator has read the words, but doesn't know how they sound like. This, in turn, ruins the experience for me. There are no real differences between the characters voices.
Sure. These seem like small books and I'm okay with that as they're fun to read.
Have the narrator learn what the words are so that he can read them properly.
Not really, but it's a decent book.
I would appreciate it if people would listen to these and vet that the audio is correct. Unfortunately that throws off the experience so much.
I love the book I love the author he is fantastic
Yes he is very descriptive and I always feel like I am in the story.
Everything all he did was read the words every character had the same voice. He sounds like he has cotton mouth, I wish they would have someone else narrate this book and all the others that follow.
The story is told in a way that lets you have a bit of info each chapter and that makes the whole story build in intensity.
Matty the one handed whore was the best because she was realistic to the times and not some spoiled princess or hard ass warrior.
Gregory was smooth and consistent, but like all new voices he gets overdramatic at spots.
I was mad because it ends so abruptly, but I purchased book two in the kindle store and I know that the ending of the whole first part is in book two.
Hurry book two along please.
Eric J Kolkman
I think the author needs to do a little research into the nobility and titles, but overall I enjoyed the story.
The narrator, on the other hand, leaves a lot to be desired. I can get past him sounding like he has something in his mouth that he doesn't want to lose. I can live with him not having a range of voices for the different characters, although, it would have been better if he was able to follow the flow of punctuation. When phrases such as he said, or she joked are tacked onto the beginning of another character's dialogue, it becomes hard to follow. Add to that his inability to pronounce words properly (lopping instead of loping, snarle instead of snarl, carry-on instead of carrion), and not just once or twice, but repeatedly, it becomes painful and irritating.
I love the series, but the narration was awful. I will always download a sample before buying from now on.
Rarely have I put a book down after starting one but this was the exception. I tried to stay with the story but the narration was so very bad i couldn't listen any longer. Perhaps the author and narrTor should revisit listening to this reading.
The story probably would have been rated better I I enjoyed and completed the book, I'll never know. I will watch for this narrator before I purchase any other audiobooks. Sorry M.R. Mathias.
I couldn't get more than a few chapters into the book because the narrator was so bad. His reading was inconsistent and his pacing is really bad. He mispronounces words constantly. He has no change in voices. I'd miss that someone actually talked because he didn't pause in the right place and the voice was the same. He rushes through a lot and it's just irritating.
The book looks like it has a lot of potential so if I ever have the time I'll just read it. It was really disappointing as I was looking forward to discovering this new to me author.
I am afraid I would ask it to be completely revamped. The author had a great concept but lacked the writing maturity to present it in a cohesive manner. The fact that the main character does many flashback type scenes that are not clearly defined as such leaving the reader wondering. The writing seems to be chaotic and not well planned out.
I do not think so. I hope this author continues to write and learn from his mistakes. I think he has good ideas, he is just lacking the talent to layout a storyline in a manner that does not leave the reader confused. Also, I found it unnecessarily crude in spots.
No not at all, The reader could not change his voice a whit to help distinguish the change of character speaking or thinking. Also, his inability to pronounce words correctly was very irritating. It is shameful to my way thinking for someone to take on a production such as this with such a minimal grasp of the language and its usage.
In all fairness, he was very good showing emotions and adding sound to the description as he read them.
It might be easier to discern what is really going on and who is doing what to whom in film form. However, I would probably be offended at many of the more x rated scenes LOL
I would be helpful if the author could use something other than sexual liaisons as motivation for every single thing that goes on in his stories.
I never like to write a negative review; most especially when it's about a book I really enjoy. I read this book before buying the audio (I do a lot of driving from time to time, and familiar books are a nice thing to have along the way), and I enjoyed it.
It's not one of M.R. Mathias best, he's still learning the craft. But he has nothing to learn in creating fun characters, fleshing them out, making us care about them, and throwing in twists that make one's head spin.
Sadly, the narrator chosen for this book is the worst I've ever experienced. The pace is incredibly uneven (enough so that it actually changes the meaning of the text at times), the voicing is childish and irritating, and the pronunciation of many words is incorrect.
As much as I love this story, I can't see my way clear to buying any others that feature the services of Mr. Silva. Sorry, sir, but you really need to change careers or find some coaching before you do another book.
As I said, I'll just re-read these books on my Kindle, or wait for a new narrator before buying another.
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